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Suicide is historically burdened with the tenacious stigma of being “taboo”—a label that once meant the conversation was not suitable for mixed company (or any company) and should be quarantined to the likes of medical professionals. As talking openly has become inextricable from progress, this dated label has gone the way of matrimonial twin beds. No conversation is out-of-bounds anymore. Now when we say “taboo,” we mean to point out that our persistent reluctance has become a detrimental hindrance to growth. To be fair, suicide is complicated and heavy and sad. Read More
  Live Through This, a portrait series by Brooklyn-based photographer Dese'Rae L. Stage, takes a unique approach to suicide prevention: it puts a face and name to the survivors.  Stage, who is a survivor of nine years of self-injury and suicide attempt, wanted to shed some light on a highly taboo but prominent issue. According to the project's website, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and a suicide is attempted every 40 to 60 seconds. In the past, survivors have remained anonymous to avoid judgment. Read More
The always incredible David Sedaris recently wrote an essay for The New Yorker that recalls a family trip to the beach following the suicide of his sister, Tiffany. Though the piece reflects on loss, and its subsequent effect on the Sedaris family, it is also filled with childhood nostalgia, and, ultimately, a sense of hopefulness.   Sedaris's signature humor is omnipresent as he recollects the oft-laughable, but sometimes somber family dynamics both prior to and after Tiffany’s death. Read More
  “I’ve decided to tell you about my never ending story,” reads a card in Canadian teen Amanda Todd’s hand in a soundless black and white YouTube video.    I remember watching this video years ago, feeling a chill come over me as I read the words written by Amanda in black marker on the cards she holds up to the camera.  Half her face is out of the shot, but as the story progresses, you can still see the overwhelming sadness she felt while retelling her tragic story. Read More
  Sinead O’Connor, the Irish rocker who became a staple of the sad rock that was huge in the 90’s, gave her fans a scare when she tweeted about her depression and her desperate need for medication and psychiatric help last January.   Shortly after, the bipolar singer attempted suicide for the second time, overdosing on pills.      But there’s good news from all this gloom.  O’Connor has since made a full recovery, and has been asked to take part in The Suicide Safer event in Brighton, England. Read More
I actually had to take a deep breath and compose myself before sitting down to write this blog post. That’s how angry I am about this (and I’m a pretty level-headed, non-emotional sort of gal). What am I so angry about, you ask? I just read this article from Rolling Stone’s website. It’s an incredibly detailed history of certain recent events in former Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann’s home district in Minnesota. Read More
In the past few weeks, there's been alot of attention paid to the subject of bullying in high school, and, in particular,  the bullying  of homosexuals. The current round of media attention to  his subject began with the tragic suicide of  Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge, to his death, after  having been secretly videotaped in his college dorm having sex with a man, and then having the video spread around campus. Read More